Tuti Yusupova

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Tuti Yusupova
To‘ti Yusupova
Тути Юсупова
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Native name Тути Тожибоевна Юсупова
Born Tuti Tojiboyevna Yusupova
1 July 1880
To‘rtko‘l, Khanate of Khiva, Imperial Russia
Died 28 March 2015(2015-03-28) (aged 134)
To‘rtko‘l, Karakalpakstan, Republic of Uzbekistan
Known for claiming to be the oldest person ever
Spouse(s) unnamed (d. 1940)
Children Snezhana (d. 1984)
Jamal (d. 1956)

Tuti Tojiboyevna Yusupova (Uzbek: To‘ti Tojiboy qizi Yusupova, Russian: Ту́ти Тожибоевна Юсу́пова; 1 July 1880? – 28 March 2015) was an Uzbekistani longevity claimant. At the alleged age of 134 years, 270 days, she was claimed to be the oldest living person in the world and oldest person ever, her claimed age exceeding that of the currently recognised claimant Jeanne Louise Calment by 12 years. She was born and died in the same village, but lived in four states: the Khanate of Khiva, the Khorezm People's Soviet Republic, the Soviet Union and independent Uzbekistan.

Early years[edit]

Her father's name was Tojiboy (Тожибой) and her mother's name was Uljon (Улжон). She had a younger brother.[1] Yusupova worked at the family farm since she was 9 years old. She married in 1898, and had two children with her husband, who died in 1940.[2]

"During World War I, I had already had two children," she said. "I experienced the burden of those times. I remember it very well, and the period of collectivization. What can I say, our people suffered greatly ... But I have never been afraid of difficulties. I was busy plowing fields, paving ditches, picking cotton or selling fertilizer. I was always working and was always in motion. Perhaps that is why there was no need to see a doctor."[1]

Her children, Snezhana (d. 1984) and Jamal (d. 1956), both predeceased her.[citation needed]

Later years[edit]

She lived with her great granddaughters and enjoyed watching television.[3][2] She had claimed her secret to a long life is to be honest, hardworking, and helpful.[3] In 2008, she was awarded the Shukhrat medal for being over 100 years of age in Uzbekistan.

Reuters reported that her age was uncovered in 2009 by Safar Hakimov, the ruling Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party's local chairman in Tortkol, Karakalpakstan when researching centenarians as part of the plans for the country's independence anniversary.[2] If her age is correct, she would be more than a decade older than the oldest verified person, French woman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997, aged 122 years, 164 days.

In 2010, a documentary was filmed about her, Witness to Three Centuries (Russian: Свидетельница трех веков).[4]

Known as "Tuti-Momo," she was deeply respected in her town of To‘rtko‘l. "In the run-up to visits, weddings and other events, we always come to her and ask for blessings", said village chairman Ikrom Bekniyozov. "It is a tradition that has developed over the years. You can't have something more unique in your village than having the oldest person in the world there."[1] Another villager, Gulbahor Umarov, said "This house is full of guests. People just want to visit Momo, talk to her, to learn the secrets of longevity. Representatives of the World Health Organization came to visit." She had more than 100 descendants during her lifetime. "I lost count of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren", she said before her birthday in March 2015. "I just say, 'May they be healthy!' Sometimes I confuse their names, but that's okay, as long as they are healthy,"[1]


She died on 28 March 2015, four days before Misao Okawa, the oldest verified living person at the time.[5]

After her funeral, her birth certificate and passport were declared conclusive evidence by Baxadir Yangibayev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, where she lived and died. He said he would pass this information on to Guinness World Records.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Старейшая жительница мира, живущая в Узбекистане, отметит 135-летие [The oldest inhabitant of the world, living in Uzbekistan, will celebrate her 135th birthday]. Gazeta.uz (in Russian). 10 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Boyutu, Yazi (28 January 2009). "Elderly People of the World" (in Turkish). Samanyoluhaber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "A 128-year old Uzbekistan woman may be the oldest person on Earth". Central Asia Online. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  4. ^ В Узбекистане снят документальный фильм о самой старой жительнице планеты (in Russian). 29 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "На 135-м году жизни скончалась Тути Юсупова", Gazeta.uz, 1 April 2015.(in Russian)
  6. ^ Darren Boyle. "Is this the oldest person to have ever lived? Uzbekistan claims it has proof woman who died this week was 135 - 13 years older than French record holder", The Daily Mail; accessed 11 April 2015.

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